We’ve seen her dominance this season before, and Dariana Orme was simply brilliant once again Thursday afternoon in Knoxville. She baffled the fifth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers to the tune of only one hit, and the 22nd-ranked Baylor Bears scored a 1-0 shutout upset at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
That lone hit for the Vols off Orme came in the bottom of the third when right fielder Katie Taylor led off with an infield single to third. Other than that, Tennessee mustered only one other base runner, a leadoff walk to start the home half of the first by center fielder Kiki Milloy. Seven other hitters stepped into the batter’s box and couldn’t figure Orme out.
With that, the Bears needed only one tally for the result to hold up. It came in the top of the first, as center fielder McKenzie Wilson, who led off the game with a double to center, raced home on catcher Sydney Collazos’ RBI single to center.
In fact, Orme was so dominant the Bears were able to win by recording only three hits. There were just four total in the entire contest.
This marks the second time this season Orme has held down a Top 5 opponent in a victory. Earlier on, she did so against the high-octane offense of the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, permitting only one unearned run on six hits and a couple of walks, with four strikeouts in four innings in a 4-3 win.
Before that, she also fired a perfect game against Stephen F. Austin, the first of seven innings in school history. That included a career-high 10 K’s and only 81 pitches.